RedHawks Game NotesMay 11, 2012 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) Oklahoma City RedHawks
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Houston Astros
Game #36 of 144/Home #20 of 72 (11-8)
Pitching Probables: LV-LH Aaron Laffey vs. OKC-RH Sergio Perez (1-1, 3.86)
Friday, May 11, 2012 | Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark | Oklahoma City, Okla.| 7:05 p.m. CT
Radio: KGHM AM-1340 The Game, 1340thegame.com, IHeartRadio - Alex Freedman
UPCOMING SCHEDULE AND PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS (ALL TIMES CENTRAL)
Saturday, May 12 vs. Tucson (SD): OKC-RH Paul Clemens (2-2, 6.59) vs. TUC-RH Matt Palmer (2-2, 6.75) - 7:05 p.m., KGHM-AM 1340, 1340thegame.com, IHeartRadio
Sunday, May 13 vs. Tucson (SD): OKC-TBA vs. TUC-RH Josh Geer (2-3, 8.65) - 2:05 p.m., KGHM-AM 1340, 1340thegame.com, IHeartRadio
Monday, May 14 vs. Tucson (SD): OKC-LH Dallas Keuchel (4-2, 1.85) vs. TUC-RH Jorge Reyes (2-5, 5.59) - 7:05 p.m., KGHM-AM 1340, 1340thegame.com, IHeartRadio
Tuesday, May 15 vs. Tucson (SD): OKC-RH Jordan Lyles (5-0, 3.49) vs. TUC-LH Tom Layne (0-3, 8.19) - 7:05 p.m., KGHM-AM 1340, 1340thegame.com, IHeartRadio
Wednesday, May 16 - OFF
Tonight's Game-- Fresh off snapping a seven-game losing streak, the RedHawks look to begin a new winning streak when they finish their series against Las Vegas at 7:05 p.m. Fireworks presented by Supercuts will follow the conclusion of the game.
Last Night-- Jordan Lyles tossed 6.2 scoreless innings, and a Brett Wallace solo homer proved the difference as the RedHawks beat Las Vegas 1-0. Lyles improved to 5-0 with another strong start, allowing eight hits and just one walk with six strikeouts in a 106-pitch effort. Xavier Cedeno followed Lyles with 1.2 innings, and Jose Valdez recorded the final two outs to earn his sixth save and complete the RedHawks' second shutout of the season. Wallace led off the third with a home run into the left field bleachers, his fourth of the season. The RedHawks were limited to just four hits, with none coming after the third inning. The 51s collected eight hits, but none were for extra bases and they left 10 runners on base. Las Vegas starting pitcher Tim Redding had his best game of the season, but took a tough-luck loss. Redding (0-3) allowed just one run and four hits over six innings with one walk and five strikeouts. He retired 10 of the last 11 hitters he faced.
Today's Probable Pitchers-- Sergio Perez makes his second start of the season...Perez's one previous start came April 19 in Nashville in Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Sounds...He left that start in the third inning with a minor leg injury but did not miss significant time...In 10 relief appearances, Perez is 1-1 with a 3.79 ERA...He leads the RedHawks bullpen with 19.0 innings of relief...Perez spent all of 2011 with the RedHawks, making 21 starts and going 5-9 with a 4.25 ERA...He led the team in starts, was second in innings (110.0) and third in strikeouts (71)...Aaron Laffey will try to restart another win streak for the 51s as he makes the start for Las Vegas...Laffey is coming of his best start of the season, going seven scoreless innings in an 8-0 win over Salt Lake...Prior to that start, Laffey 0-4 with a 7.20 ERA in five starts and had lasted just five innings or less four times...He is a ground ball specialist who averages nearly three groundouts for every flyout...Laffey is in his first season with the Toronto organization after making 47 appearances (all in relief) with the Mariners and Yankees in 2011.
Streaks Snapped-- With the win last night, the RedHawks snapped their longest losing streak streak since August 25-31, 2007. Las Vegas also had their eight-game win streak come to an end.
Low Voltage-- Through three games of the series, the RedHawks and 51s have combined for just nine runs. Prior to the start of this series, the RedHawks had never been held to less than five hits in a game. Two days ago they only had three hits, and yesterday they won despite just four hits.
Pitching With Purpose-- After taking some lumps on the road, the RedHawks pitching staff has been great this series. They have allowed just two runs over the last 26 innings, with just one earned run. Each starter has gone at least six innings, and the bullpen has surrendered one earned run in eight innings of relief.
Saving the Day-- After closing out last night's game, Jose Valdez is 6-for-6 in save opportunities this season. Last year he went 9-for-9.
Ruthless Ruggiano-- Over his last 10 games, Justin Ruggiano has caught fire, going 14-for-37 (.378) with three home runs and a remarkable 13 RBIs. Twice's he delivered go-ahead clutch hits with two outs in the ninth inning. Ruggiano went 0-for-3 last night to end an 11-game hit streak, the longest by a RedHawk this season. Ruggiano had some tough luck as Anthony Gose made a diving catch in his first at-bat, and Moises Sierra made a running catch on the warning track in his second at-bat.
Hessman Heating Up-- Mike Hessman is hitting .344 (11-for-32) over his last nine games. He's had a multi-hit game in four of his last nine starts, and during his last six games he is 8-for-22 with two home runs. Hessman had a season-best five-game hit streak end last night.
You Better Think Twice-- The RedHawks have caught 18 of 39 attempted base stealers for a 46.2% caught stealing rate, easily the best in the PCL. (Omaha and Sacramento are next at 39.4%.) Landon Powell ranks first in the league, going 8-for-14, and Carlos Corporan is 10-for-25.
Close Calls-- The Red Hawks have eight one-run losses this season, the second-most in the PCL behind Iowa (10). Their four losses in extra innings are the most the PCL.
Against the 51s-- The RedHawks have been stymied by the Las Vegas pitching staff, hitting just .143 over the first three games of the series...Since these teams are in opposing conferences, this will be the only series between the two clubs in 2012...Five of the last seven games have been decided by just one run...Last season they split a four-game series at Cashman Field, with three of four contests decided by one run...They also split their last series in Oklahoma City in 2010...The 51s lead the all-time series 40-35 with a 18-17 mark in OKC.
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